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music ] [ sigh of relief ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. >>> opponents of chuck hagel aren't giving up even though he appears to not have the votes to become the next secretary of defense. alabama's richard shelby a top republican is breaking ranks and says he'll vote to end the filibuster and will then vote for hagel's nomination. in a less than ringing endorsement shelby says he is probably as good as we're going to get. but 15 other republicans including marco rubio and ted cruz are continuing the fight. they sent a letter to president obama urging him to withdraw hagel's nomination. the white house says that will not happen. >> just to be clear he won't be withdrawn. >> absolutely not. if any suggestion to the otherwise to the contrary might have been found in the minutes of the meetings of the friends of hamas. yeah. >> white house secretary jay carney making light of a discredited report that claimed hagel received speaking fees from a group called friends of hamas, a group that doesn't exist. let me bring in a republican strategist chip saltsman and democratic strategi
to start on chuck hagel's nomination for defense secretary any moment. it's been a is seven-week long battle but mainly it's been held up over politics. this first vote that will come this morning is procedural. if that moves forward, a second vote to confirm him would happen this afternoon. >>> check out the headline from "the huffington post," immigration and customs enforcement frees detainees as sequester looms. they were let out as the budget cuts loom. the president is heading to newport news, virginia, to a navy shipyard. today the impact there could be significant. late word this morning that the president will bring a local republican congressman, scott rigell, with him. obama is not seen in newport news as any sort of safe you're but rather as the leader of dysfunctional government that is playing havoc with people's lives and people are bitter. >> this is not time for a road show president. this is a time to look for someone who will leave. >> the president really ought to stop come paining and come back to the take and work with us. >> and while there are no 11th hour meet
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